The Weatherford Lady Roos looked strong in their first regular season action of the 2019 season, finishing as consolation champs at last weekend’s Battle of the Rock tournament in Rockwall.
Weatherford went 3-1 in the tournament, falling only to 2018 Class 6A state champion Flower Mound in three sets, before stringing together consecutive wins against Frisco Reedy, Wylie and Rockwall-Heath.
The team lost its opener against Flower Mound, 3-0 (14-25, 14-25 and 21-25).
Weatherford Head Volleyball Coach Nicholas Gay admitted the team struggled a bit early on trying to figure out rotations and lineups, while at the same time stressing that once the Lady Roos settled in, they played well.
“We were figuring out different lineups, putting people in different positions,” Gay said.
“Flower Mound won state last year in Class 6A, and they’re probably looking to repeat.
“I told the kids, ‘That’s probably one of the better teams we’ll play this year.’ The thing we took most from that was the ability to control the ball on our side, especially on serve receive. Because when we did control the ball with our passing, we got great results. Flower Mound just had a little bit more firepower on offense.”
The loss did not shake the Lady Roos, who rebounded with 3-2 wins against Frisco Reedy (19-25, 25-17, 16-25, 25-22 and 15-12) and Wylie (25-16, 22-25, 16-25, 25-19 and 15-13) before closing out tournament play with a 3-1 win (25-17, 23-25, 25-22 and 25-22) versus Rockwall-Heath.
Gay said the competition his team faced in the Rockwall-based tournament was stout, while praising his own squad for rising to each challenge.
“We played really competitive teams, and our kids fought through a bunch of different lineups and things we were throwing at them.” Gay said.
“The group as a whole did a really good job of playing hard and adjusting.”
In addition to the team’s 3-1 finish, Weatherford’s Logan Loran earned all-tournament honors, an accolade Gay said the junior was well-deserving of while stressing that many of the Lady Roos gave significant contributions throughout the weekend.
“Logan had a great tournament,” Gay said.
“She did a lot of great things for us from the setting position, especially with her defense, as well as her decision making.
“I wasn’t surprised Logan got an all-tournament selection, but there’s a lot of girls on our team that played really well, and it could have gone to any one. Tatum Wright had a really good tournament, she played a lot of different roles for us. Abbie Lane led our team in kills, Jayla Schultz played a bunch of different positions, so there’s a lot of girls on our team that I wouldn’t have been surprised if they got it either.
“Those all-tournament selections are really hard to come by, and they only give them to teams that are successful, so even though it’s an individual award and we’re very proud of Logan, it wouldn’t have happened if the team hadn’t of had success.”
Weatherford plays the Burleson Lady Elks in a non-district game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday on the road.